Cropredy gets ready to fight 67-home plan

The site of the proposed homes in Cropredy NNL-140527-150800001
The site of the proposed homes in Cropredy NNL-140527-150800001

A plan to build 67 homes in Cropredy – expanding the village by a fifth in one go – has outraged residents.

Brasenose College, which owns the land, has allowed developer David Wilson Homes to float the idea of building on farmland behind Station Road.

The company wrote to residents of neighbouring properties and held a consultation event to display its plans.

At the same time a group of protesters against the proposal began a survey which quickly registered 170 objections.

Now flyers and posters garnering support for the opposition have been organised and an e-mail address has been set up where people can send their views. One of the campaigners leading opposition is Jesse Crosse whose home lies on Spring Lane, which would be the sole access way to the 67 homes.

He said: “Cherwell District Council’s current local plan expects only ten houses to be built in Cropredy until 2031. This plan would mean a development of 20 per cent of the current size of the entire village.

“We have been told the council is close to its quota and that if the plan is rejected by Cherwell and an appeal can be delayed possibly until November, it will increase the chances of the new local plan being accepted. That would increase our chances of seeing this off.”

Villagers say the homes planned would be sandwiched between the railway and the existing houses on Station Road.

They think the village doctors’ surgery and primary school would be overwhelmed.

Mr Crosse said: “Spring Lane would be the only access to these houses. The usual calculations mean it would have more than 500 car movements a day from this estate. Station Road is a known hazard, especially at school times. It’s a completely unsustainable idea.”

Campaigners have identified resources to fund a planning consultant to help them fight off the plan.

It is understood Brasenose College would only sell the land if planning consent is given.

Those wishing to object should e-mail